When I Was the Greatest

Atheneum Books for Young Readers #ad - In bed stuy, new york, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. But, hey, right? besides, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things.

Needles is Noodles’s brother. His best friend Noodles, though. Nah, not his thing. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding read” captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with.

When I Was the Greatest #ad - . Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Yeah, it’s cool…until ali and noodles and needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.

Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. And then there’s Needles.


The Boy in the Black Suit

Atheneum Books for Young Readers #ad - Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away. Really tough. Yet lovey never cries. She’s tough. Crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks.

Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills or anything, really on his own. Then matt meets Lovey.

The Boy in the Black Suit #ad - But everything else? Not good. Just when seventeen-year-old matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this “vivid, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, satisfying, and grace” Kirkus Reviews from the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award–winning author of When I Was the Greatest.

Matt wears a black suit every day. A 2016 coretta scott King Author Honor book. Not bad. So while dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour.


For Every One

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books #ad - For every one who has a dream. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to imagine. Then twenty-five. But especially for every kid. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. A lyrical masterpiece. School library journal starred review Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr.

Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. Then eighteen. Memorial, and later as a tribute to walter dean myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One #ad - For every one is exactly that: for every one. A pitch-perfect graduation, baby, or inspirational gift for anyone who needs to me reminded of their own abilities—to dream. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. But others, and a lot of them involve kids, lay ahead, or don’t know how to dream, how to inspire them: All the kids who are scared to dream, the most important ones, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true.

For every one person.


All American Boys

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books #ad - As does the school. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. And the town. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement? But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera.

Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

All American Boys #ad - . What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, paul galluzzo, who mistakes rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered.

And again. But then Rashad is absent. Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.

And absent again.


Long Way Down

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books #ad - Or does he? as the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. That’s where will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. But buck’s in the elevator? just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens.

A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Bigger huh. He knows who he’s after. Told in short, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, fierce staccato narrative verse, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds. Huh. Buck tells will to check that the gun is even loaded.

Long Way Down #ad - A strap. And so it goes, as the elevator stops on each floor, the whole long way down, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him.

Revenge. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun.


As Brave As You

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books #ad - Genie thinks that is awesOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. And when he finds the secret room that grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

Nada. How does he match his clothes? know where to walk? cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in NEVER. Thunderstruck, genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans.

As Brave As You #ad - Kirkus award finalist schneider family book award winner coretta scott king author honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel” Kirkus Reviews, starred review by the winner of the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award.

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. None. The first is that he and his big brother, ernie, are leaving brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind.

It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Dumbfounded by ernie’s reluctance, genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books #ad - Making jokes. Planning an escape. Finding comfort. They were all too busy— Talking about boogers. With a school bus falling from the sky. Braving up. A national book award finalist! from national book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions a walk home can take.

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks #ad - This story was going to begin like all the best stories. Jason reynolds conjures ten tales one per block about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, and in life. But mostly, too busy walking home.

Skateboarding. Stealing pocket change. Executing complicated handshakes. But no one saw it happen. Lotioning up. Wiping out.


Odd One Out

Crown Books for Young Readers #ad - She's his partner-in-crime and other half. When rae chin moves to town she can't believe how lucky she is to find Coop and Jupe. From the new york times bestselling author of Dear Martin comes an honest and touching depiction of friendship, first love, and everything in between. No easy answers. An npr best book of the yeara boston globe best children's book of 2018"fans of nic and new readers will find themselves engrossed.

Teen vogue"declaring yourself--how you would like to be represented and whom you want to love and connect with--is treated with real tenderness. The new york Times. Three sides. But lately, cooper can't ignore he might want something more than friendship from Jupiter. She's so grateful she wants to kiss him. And her.

Odd One Out #ad - Jupiter has always liked girls. But when rae starts dating Cooper, Jupe realizes that the only girl she ever really imagined by his side was her. One story. Perfect for fans of Love, Simon and What If It's Us.


Dear Martin

Ember #ad - For answers. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack. Vivid and powerful. Booklist, starred review   "A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice. Publishers Weekly. Powerful, wrenching. John green, #1 new york times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down"Raw and gripping.

Jason reynolds, new york times bestselling coauthor of all american boys"a must-read!” –angie thomas, and undeniably real, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U GiveRaw, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, captivating, a William C.

Dear Martin #ad - Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day justyce goes driving with his best friend, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, Manny, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them.

Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. Words fly. Shots are fired. Morris Award Finalist.


Sunny Track Book 3

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books #ad - Sunny. Then, in a stroke of genius only jason reynolds can conceive, Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard beats of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. Patina. It seems the only thing sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did.

But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could take them to the state championships. Sunny tries to shine despite his troubled past in this third novel in the critically acclaimed Track series from National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds. Ghost. Or at least he thinks of himself that way.

Sunny Track Book 3 #ad - Right in the middle of a race. Sunny’s answer? Dance. With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies—his only friends—behind. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team.

Lu. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds, with personalities that are explosive when they clash. So he stops.


Monday's Not Coming

Katherine Tegen Books #ad - Now claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. Claudia and monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. Lockhart and gillian flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth. Monday charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice.

How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. But monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

Monday's Not Coming #ad - As claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. So when monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong.